You are what you eat

The saying “you are what you eat” isn’t taken as seriously as it should be. Everything that enters the body either hurts it or helps it; there’s no in between.

Since the beginning of 2015 I had been eating a primal diet consisting of Katie Kelley PIcfruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and meat. No dairy, grains or legumes entered my body for the first three months of the year and I never felt better. I never really took the whole “you are what you eat” concept seriously until I started feeling so much better when I wasn’t eating processed, fake foods.

To see if the saying “you are what you eat” is true I did a little experiment where after eating primal for three months I decided to eat whatever I wanted to for three weeks. I went out to lunch with friends and ate at Café Rio, Noodles and Company, Qdoba and Coldstone to just name a few. From ice cream to noodles to cookies and every other processed junk food imaginable, it all went into my body. My conclusion is that “you are what you eat” is extremely true.

While eating whatever I wanted to, I felt like I was being punch in the stomach after every meal. I had multiple headaches, dehydration and stomach aches. My body was so accustomed to eating primal that every time I ate food with additives in my food and processed junk I felt like I was going to be sick. On top of feeling sick after every time I ate, my performance in the gym also decreased. Over the three weeks I easily lifted 20 pounds less on each lift. I noticed I was constantly tired and all I wanted to do was sleep.

When my food choices were primal my energy levels and performance in general was much higher. The food that enters the body only hurts it or helps it. When I was eating whatever I wanted, I had more flavor variety but I also wasn’t functioning at my full potential. The food I was eating was hurting my body.

It can be a challenge to eat primal; however, the benefits outweigh the costs of giving up some of the best processed foods. Fuel your body so that the food you’re eating helps you instead of hurts you.

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